A Little Red Engine will soon be chugging around the region's parks to provide children and adults alike with a unique experience just in time for the school holidays.
Owned and operated by the local Biggs family, Little Red Engine 503 is a trackless train comprising three carriages and powered by a small vehicle engine.
The family will be offering rides at the start of the upcoming school holidays as they launch their new business in the region.
Jade Biggs said her family had been working to give the train new life in the lead up to the holidays and were excited to introduce The Little Red Engine 503 to the community.
“The Little Red Engine is a miniature train ride for children as well as the adults which has three carriages featuring three wooden bench seats,” she said.
“The engine itself runs just like a car motor, which doesn’t make much noise.”
Jade said while they had only owned the train for two months, it was already proving to be a popular sight when spotted around the region.
“I love the kids’ faces when they see the train when we have transported it around town,” she said.
“We placed designs on the train that would appeal to children’s' interests and the new decals and paint has brought The Little Red Engine back to life.
“This train is unique as there is only a few around the whole of Queensland and one is now residing within Bundaberg.”
Bundaberg Regional Council recently granted the Little Red Engine a permit to operate in a number of the region's parks during the school holidays.
Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said the train ride would be a fantastic addition to the region's recreational spaces.
“This wonderful little engine will be set up in the quieter areas of our beautiful parks, which don't experience a lot of foot traffic, and will provide an added layer of fun to family days out in the region,” he said.
“Little Red Engine 503 will be of great benefit to the community and will assist in supporting the use of our wonderful recreation spaces.
“I look forward to seeing the train in action and I am sure it will bring plenty of smiles to the faces of our park visitors.”
Jade said The Little Red Engine 503 would begin operating during the school holidays.
“At this stage, we will be running at Alexandra Park during the upcoming school holidays and people can check out our Facebook page to keep up to date with information on times and places,” she said.
“We also offer Little Red Engine 503 to be hired for all events or occasions.
“We look forward to bringing the Little Red Engine 503 to Bundaberg and surrounding regions.”
Little Red Engine 503 rides cost $5 per person for an approximately five to seven minutes per ride.
Find out more here.